Alpine Citizens Unite vs. GUHSD Bond Projects' Fiscal Dishonesty

Why Is Alpine Seeking To Secede From GUHSD? Dishonest Bond Handling & Over Capacity Enrollment At Granite Hills HS, Just For Starters!
Why Is Alpine Seeking To Secede From GUHSD? Dishonest Bond Handling & Over Capacity Enrollment At Granite Hills HS, Just For Starters!
Alpine - The Alpine High School Citizens Committee (AHSCC) released  to the press an announcement that the "Our Future" link at http://alpinehighschool.net, San Diego County Office Of Education (SDCOE) has formally recognized the Alpine Unification Petition as complete. The Registrar Of Voters has certified that enough of the over 4,000 total collected petition signatures are valid to make the effort successful, as announced at the February 25, 2014 meeting of the AHSCC. This is a citizen's initiated unification pétition effort to convert the K-8 Alpine Union School District to a K-12 Alpine Unified School District, which would then include a local Alpine area high school.

The SDCOE Board is expected to act on the now official unification petition at their March 12, 2014, Board Meeting. This action by the SDCOE will establish a 60 day window for two required public hearings regarding the Alpine community citizens unification petition. One hearing would be held within the AUSD, and the second held within the GUHSD, because each District must host a meeting within their own boundaries. It is understood that at each, the SDCOE Board will conduct and administer the public hearings.

 The Alpine community is hopeful that the Blossom Valley community will join in and support this effort. Blossom Valley is not within the AUSD boundary, they are in the Cajon Valley Union School District for K-8. BV now attends the GUHSD for public high school, as does AUSD. The GUHSD disregarded BV to be included as an option area to attend the Proposition H (2004) and Proposition U (2008) funded and promised 12th new GUHSD high school. The 12th GUHSD high school was prioritized in the summary ballot statements of H and U, totaling almost $1 billion to improve and make safer high school education for all East County families.

12th HS site land was purchased, architectural drawings were completed, and submitted to the CA Department of State Architecture (DSA) for approval. A GUHSD Board action sent the 12th HS project plans to the CA DSA. All fees for such we're paid to the DSA, in advance by the GUHSD.  The 12th HS project plans were withdrawn by the GUHSD from the DSA approval and review process by it's Superintendent, Mr. Ralf Swenson. This was done without receiving prior GUHSD Board action permitting this withdrawal action.

The SDCOE hearings are prerequisite to Alpine's official unification to include grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. The AHSCC has asked to commence discussions with the AUSD Board and the Superintendent concerning a unified approach to the two hearings that will be called by SDCOE. The AHSCC goal was said to be not only to obtain a high school for Alpine, it is also to strengthen the entire AUSD, and to unify the Alpine community. The AHSCC Chairman, Sal Casamassima said, "We look forward to working with the AUSD in achieving these objectives."

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Bill A. Weaver March 01, 2014 at 02:30 PM
For detailed background on allegations please review documents here on GUHSD website: (cut and paste http web browser address if in link isn't active) SD Title: Grand Jury Rpt. on GUHSD > Link Address >> http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/component/docman/doc_download/4619-grand-jury-report-52213 >> Title: Bond Advisory Commission Rpt.- BAC - June 14, 2007) > Link Address >> http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/component/docman/doc_download/466-guhsd-bond-advisory-commission-final-report Title: Estimated Impact_DistrictPop_Recovery > Link Address >> http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/component/docman/doc_download/3140-estimated-impactdistrictpoprecovery >> Title: GUHSD Boundary Committee Historical Documents > Link Address >> http://www.guhsd.net/index.php/attendance-boundaries/194-boundary-committee <<
Bill A. Weaver March 03, 2014 at 12:37 PM
See: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/14859
Bill A. Weaver March 03, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Excerpt from East County Magazine Article: "How deaf can this CBOC be without being complicit and compliant with the Board Majority’s political bias towards Alpine, as cited by the Grand Jury?”—GUHSD trustee Priscilla Schreiber By Miriam Raftery; Janis Mork also contributed to this story February 1, 2014 (Alpine) – At a contentious meeting of the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Citizens Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) on January 30, Chris Loarie testified that the Alpine High School Citizens Committee (AHSCC) has submitted final signatures to the County Office of Education for unification of the Alpine Union School District (AUSD). Frustrated by the GUHSD board’s repeated refusal to build an Alpine high school despite two bond measures for that purpose, Alpine parents aim to bolt from the Grossmont District and expand the AUSD to include high school students and ultimately, build a high school. Others, including an attorney and a district trustee, are leveling sharp criticism at the CBOC for turning a blind-eye to findings of a Grand Jury report on the District’s failure to fulfill its promises to Alpine voters, a report titled “Fool me once, fool me twice.” Critics contend that the CBOC has ignored facts and further, that the Chair has exhibited bias and presented skewed information for oversight committee members. Attorney - Journalist Michael Waterman of La Mesa inquired why CBOC shouldn't inform the public that conditions for building the 12th high school have been met under the language of the bond, and because of increased per pupil funding to a level required by the Board. He also asked if the CBOC agrees or disagrees with the Grand Jury’s conclusions and further, asked the CBOC to inform he public that Prop U monies are being spent on projects never disclosed to voters in the bond project list. Waterman’s assertions are detailed in a letter to the CBOC, which can be viewed in part 1 and part 2 in a draft response from CBOC Chair Nancy Herbst. Herbst declined to answer Waterman’s questions on triggers being met and claimed the CBOC has not taken a position on the Grand Jury report and therefore could not respond to that question, either. She further claimed that the CBOC was not aware of any determination that bond money is being spent on projects not disclosed to voters. In a discussion among committee members, Jan Canel asked for “education from staff” on questions one and two, adding, I think we should be able to get an answer.” Herbst asked staff to bring a review of enrollment numbers to the next meeting. GUHSD trustee Priscilla Schreiber urged members to look at the Grand Jury report “because they found in favor of the Alpine community.” The committee indicated it had seen the report. Member Robert Ball observed that it may be time to rethink priorities and committee assignments, noting that both the Governing Board and the public want more information. “It seems we’re being chastised,” he observed.
Colin L Campbell March 03, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Bottom line, GUHSD has left Alpine no other alternative but unification. Colin C.
Batman March 03, 2014 at 07:02 PM
So GUHSD is not treating you right huh? Well, why not do the same thing the teachers do when they are not satisfied with their school district? Without students there is no school or school district, and you parents own the students. That gives you tremendous leverage, especially since the district does not get paid for empty seats. Kids get sick you know, lots of flu and stuff going around these days. Wouldn't it be awful if 80 or 90% of the students were out sick for a day or two, or a week? Just sayin'.
Bill A. Weaver March 03, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Ethics Batman, Unifying Alpine is for the kids, not to hurt the GUHSD.
Things I Learned March 03, 2014 at 07:18 PM
Sounds like Ralf shoulda brought more resources to the process.
Bill A. Weaver March 03, 2014 at 07:39 PM
Prop U Provided all the resources required, $ were improperly allocated on unintended projects, also many projects were expanded beyond intended scope or scale.
Batman March 03, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Mr. Weaver, what about ethics? When was the last time a teacher was arrested for truancy for not showing up to work? Or even fired for not showing up to work? You have to do what you have to do. The all-powerful school districts and the all-powerful teachers unions have oppressed the students and parents long enough. It's time to organize!


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